Plant & Works Engineering

EEF launches ‘Make Great’ programme to train future manufacturing leaders

Published:  27 October, 2016

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation has announced it has launched a new leadership and development programme to help companies train the future manufacturing leaders to keep the UK at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.

With the increasing demand for skills in manufacturing and the significant leadership gap impacting on the productivity of many businesses, the new management and skills development programme, ‘Make Great’ is aimed at helping businesses recruit, retain and develop the right skills to address the digital revolution ahead.

According to EEF research, the need to improve productivity has led to almost two thirds of manufacturers increasing demand for people management, whilst a similar number are looking for increased leadership skills. Companies reported that their efforts on workforce skills development is having a significant and positive impact on company productivity over the past two years.

To meet this demand one of the leading training providers in the UK, with unique insight into advising manufacturing companies EEF has created specially tailored and bespoke programmes to help companies on coaching and mentoring, people management, strategic change and sustainability.

There are four key areas of expertise available to companies under the ‘make Great’ programme include qualifications and courses at all levels from the Institute for Leadership Management and Chartered Management Institute:

• Retaining and recruiting talent

• Coaching and mentoring

• People performance & skills management

• Strategic change management and restructuring

Details of the ‘Make Great’ programme from EEF can be found at or by following @EEF_Insights and #makegreat. Here companies can find tools which will advise them on the range of management and leadership training courses and qualifications available, as well as view case studies of how EEF’s expertise has helped transform the skills of managers and leaders and generated a step change in culture across a range of companies.

There are also details of EEF’s Technology Hub which is the premier manufacturing facility offering leadership skills solutions and apprentice training.

Commenting, Caroline Gumble, chief operating officer for EEF, said:

“The fourth industrial revolution and the increased use of digital technology are going to present manufacturing businesses and their leaders with significant challenges. To meet these companies need to make leadership development an embedded part of their business. By using bespoke and tailored consultancy and expertise manufacturers can reap substantial benefits from increase productivity and employee-focused culture change.”